in a sense, this might be progress. egypt didn't see protests like this before because mubarak's regime would arrest, even shoot protesters. the current egyptian president is an elected politician and is he is trying to pander, appease, direct, and guide his people. i wish he were bolder and fought the extremist elements in his society head on, but let's face it. he's behaving like an elect politician. second, what we are witnessing is indeed the consequence of the arab spring. arab societies were locked down for 50 years. the lid has come off them, and what we' seeing inside has some good elements, moderates, liberals, pragmatists, and some very nasty elements, extremists, islamic fundamentalists, jihadees. let us be honest. there is a cancer of extremism in the arab world, one that was diagnosed extensively after 9/11 by many including me.